Regional Growth and Inter-firm Learning

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The team aims to find new evidence on regional growth during economic transition with special attention on the effect of government incentives and foreign-owned companies.

In the period in view, the team has three major aims:

contribute to Economic Geography literature with new evidence on regional growth from a Central European transition economy;

provide knowledge for policy makers concerning the local effects of foreign-owned firms and government incentives in a peripheral EU country;

connect concepts and methods of Evolutionary Economic Geography (EEG) and approaches of complexity thinking

More specifically, the following research questions will be investigated:

Did local inter-firm learning have positive effect on regional growth in Hungary over the 1998-2005 period?

Have government support and tax incentives increased inter-firm learning capabilities in Hungarian regions?

To what extent have the entrance of foreign companies affected local entry and exit of domestic companies in Hungary?

To what extent has inter-firm learning considering ownership categories (foreign-, domestic-, and state) affected the change in economic complexity of Hungarian regions?

Lead Researcher: Lengyel, Balázs

PhD in Management Sciences, 2010, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Selected recent publications:

Lengyel, B., Leydesdorff, L. (2011) Regional Innovation Systems in Hungary: the failing synergy at the national level. Regional Studies, 45, 5, May 2011 , pp. 677-693

Lengyel, B., Iwasaki, I., Szanyi, M. (2010) Industrial clusters and regional economic growth: evidence from Hungary. Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, 51, 2, pp.149-167.

Lengyel, B., Cadil, V. (2009) Innovation policy challenges in transition countries: foreign business R&D in the Czech Republic and Hungary. Transition Studies Review, 16, pp. 174-188.